Monday, October 23, 2017

Interesting 6K anamorphic comparison between Panasonic GH5 and RED

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RED may be the right tool for big budged productions due to its cost, but indie makers may have found an affordable alternative. In fact, the whole indie movement is mostly about always finding affordable alternative to some of the top end expensive cameras or gears. GH5 appears to be a game changer due its image quality. In a recent video test between RED VS GH5 Camera, CRFTSHO showed the quality of GH5 when it comes to deal with highlights and shadows. RED may have the upper hand on colour rendition, dynamic range, and dealing with raw over GH5, but footage of GH5 came incredibly close to RED. Find the following video for more details.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Image stabilisation with Premiere Pro CC and FCPX

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This is a quick video demonstration of the image stabilisation with Premiere Pro CC and FCPX. The point is, there are many tools for same job but as professionals we need to find out the tool that is right for us. Hope this video will shed some light in this regard.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Magic Lantern RAW video

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It is really amazing to see the difference of quality between the Canon video files and RAW files from Magic Lantern. The dynamic range is huge and there are lot of leeways to play around with the highlight and shadows. The freedom of colour correction is enormous. Shooting RAW with Magic Lantern is surprisingly simple, despite of the fact that the length of the video shoot in lower end Canon DSLRs are shorter compared to the high end dslrs. I've included a comprehensive RAW workflow at my upcoming Magic Lantern tutorial. The duration of that workflow based tutorial is around 40 minutes. Here is the video that I shoot during my visit to Dundle Door, Dorset.

Magic Lantern RAW Video.

Upcoming tutorial on Magic Lantern

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I'm really delighted to inform you all that my tutorial on Magic Lantern is in final stage and will be up on the site within a week. This three hours training is a comprehensive one covering all the audio and video features of Magic Lantern. The tutorial covers both standard version 2.3 and Nightly Build. Therefore you'll have all the current updates and information in this tutorial. From audio recording to exposure settings, overlay features and Movie recording, this tutorial covers all these sections and you’ll find a wealth of information that you can make use of to unleash your  creativity. Over the years, hundreds of videographers, and filmmakers have  made use of Magic Lantern  and produced amazing videos and films. In this tutorial I’ll demonstrate all the features that you need to shoot quality video; I’ll give you my recommendations and provide you some workflows for RAW, time-lapse and HDR video. I’ll also give you detail information on how to record quality audio ,  how to  install customer picture style and how to install customer crop-marks.  Overall it is comprehensive tutorial on Magic Lantern up until now.

Friday, September 19, 2014

My thoughts on Sony A7s

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Sony's A7s is out for months now and so many reviews and videos out there on the net. Therefore now we can say very clearly what this camera is truly capable of.

I love sensitivity, Sony delivered that in A7s. The capability of capturing usable frames in very low light in this camera is incredible. Philip Bloom showed us how much capable A7s is in capturing low light, it is simply mind blowing. The S-Log is brilliant feature although there are some limits in using it. The ergonomics is not too bad. Looks like mirrorless design is going to be the dominant feature for the future dslrs. However there are some tradeoffs. I'll discuss two of them.

No internal 4K recording:
A user has to spend around $2000 extra for a 4K external recorder on top of the camera price of $3000 to shoot 4k video which makes a minimum system costs around $5000. This fact is being ignored by many. There is only 8 bit 4:2:2 colour depth for both HD and 4K recording which may cause some issues while grading.

Rolling shutter/jello effect:
It is terribly visible even for simple moves. Even after doing some tweaking, as suggested by Philip Bloom in his review, the jello effect can still be very much visible. Although the full frame sensor is very good for low light but the jello effect is a huge tradeoff. In fact this camera can be useless in shooting action movie/video where you need be handheld most of the time and do lots of panning. Interestingly neither the promotional video released by Sony, nor in the video reviews made by Philip Bloom and Den Lennie have any movement at all. The reason is unknown. Maintaining focus is likely to be challenging in this camera along with other full frame dslrs.


Looks like Den struggled a bit in maintaining focus while shooting on the boat. At around 2.18 of the video below he seemed to lose focus.

Top video reviews on A7s :

01. Andrew Reid :  Evolving Sony A7S Review
03. Philip Bloom: Video review of the Sony A7s

Other reviews/articles on A7s:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Good Night Gloria: finally the trailer of the feature is out!

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Finally the trailer is out and feature film is at the queue in film festivals . Director Jack Everit has finally delivered his promise. He is working hard to make it to the theater. It was a snowy morning in February 2012 when we started shooting the film. Being one of the cinematographers, it was not an easy task to carry on the project for almost two and half years. Now after watching the trailer it seems all the pains and hard work had been paid off.